African Americans in the Post Emancipation South

Author: Alton Hornsby, Jr.
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 0761851062
Format: PDF
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This study uses these first-hand accounts to attain glimpses of African American life in the post-emancipation South, incorporating a broad cross-section of the views of European travelers and Euro-American visitors, based upon travel books as well as articles and essays from periodicals and scholarly journals.

Black America A State by State Historical Encyclopedia 2 volumes

Author: Alton Hornsby Jr.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1573569763
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This two-volume encyclopedia presents a state-by-state history of African Americans in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. • Contributions from experts in various fields • Coverage includes timeline, historical overview, notables, cultural contributions, and bibliography • Boasts numerous historical photos

Reconstructing Democracy

Author: Justin Behrend
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820340332
Format: PDF, ePub
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Within a few short years after emancipation, freedpeople of the Natchez District created a new democracy in the Reconstruction era, replacing the oligarchic rule of slaveholders and Confederates with a grassroots democracy that transformed the South after the Civil War.

The Challenge of American History

Author: Louis P. Masur
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801862229
Format: PDF, ePub
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In The Challenge of American History, Louis Masur brings together a sampling of recent scholarship to determine the key issues preoccupying historians of American history and to contemplate the discipline's direction for the future. The fifteen summary essays included in this volume allow professional historians, history teachers, and students to grasp in a convenient and accessible form what historians have been writing about.

America History and Life

Author: Eric H. Boehm
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Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.

The Second Great Emancipation

Author: Donald Holley
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In the "Cotton South" before World War II, every task, from plowing to cultivating to harvesting the crop, was done by hand. These labor-intensive practices, coupled with too many farmers -- both tenants and owners -- trying to survive on small, uneconomical farms, kept the region poor, backward, and unmechanized. From 1940 to 1970, however, in the Great Migration, southern blacks and whites thronged to new opportunities in the postwar, industrial North. In this revisionist study, Donald Holley marshals impressive statistical and narrative evidence to show that mechanization occurred in the Delta region of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi only after the region's oversupply of small farmers was reduced. He thereby corrects a long-standing belief that mechanization "pushed" labor off the land. Development of the mechanical cotton picker not only made possible the continuation of cotton cultivation in the post-plantation era, it helped free the region of Jim Crow laws as political power was relocated from farms to cities and thereby opened the door for the civil rights movement of the 1950s. Just as President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed African Americans from chattel slavery, the mechanical cotton picker freed laborers from the drudgery of the cotton harvest and brought the agricultural South into a period of greater prosperity.